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Books I’ve Read Lately

Lately, many of the books I’ve read, or attempted to read, have not been recommendable.

I used to be a reader that would always finish the book — no matter what.  But my book club instigated a 50-page rule. If a book doesn’t grab your interest in 50 pages, you can stop reading. Most of the times, I’ll read further than 50 pages, but I will certainly put a book down now. Life is too short and there are too many great books out there to struggle to keep reading a badly written book!

However, I have finished three books I can recommend. They are:

fishBowlfish bowl by Bradley Somer.  I read this because my book club selected it and I really enjoyed it.  I’d describe it as a modern day, “Rear Window.”

Throughout the book, a goldfish is falling from a high-rise balcony. As he falls, he takes the reader on a journey witnessing the residents intertwined lives.  The characters are interesting and fresh.  It’s a quick read for when you don’t want to think too hard but enjoy the human condition.

GrapesOfWrathGrapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I hadn’t ever read this book and on a recent discount book store run, I picked up a copy for my house.  I enjoyed this book, but skipped over the philosophical chapters. They showed their age.  If you’ve already read this book, hope you can grab another classic book out there that you haven’t been able to read.


CuckoosCallingThe Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling). I had read that this was the weakest of the three books in this crime drama trilogy. It may have been the weakest, but it was a great book. The crime genre is not my favorite but this was a good book. Cormoran Strike is an ex-military, private investigator with a complicated personal life and a fledgling business. If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought of this.

— Namaste

By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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